It was a moment Eckville native Jake Brown will never forget.
At the Innisfail Pro Rodeo over the weekend, the 30-year-old saddle bronc rider was propelled into Canada’s top 20 riders in the pro circuit, thanks to an outstanding win.
The rider put up 85 points on Outlaw Buckers’ American Sister, sharing top spot with Zeke Thurston, last year’s champion.
“I filled my permit on that horse more years ago than I care to remember and he was really good today,” Brown told a packed house at Innisfail. “And now to win this amazing rodeo—I’ll never forget this for sure.”
He couldn’t wait to put on his prized buckle after receiving it from Jack Daines, founder of the Innisfail Pro Rodeo.
Nearly as soon as it was given, Brown was pulling off his old buckle to replace it with the new prize.
“This means so much to me,” the second generation cowboy said with a grin. “This is the best moment of my pro career.”
With the win in Innisfail, Brown could be looking at his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo, held in Red Deer Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.
The pro rodeo circuit is heating up with a full slate of rodeo action planned over the summer. Professional rodeo events will take place across Western Canada and include events in Ponoka June 25 to July 1, Benalto July 5-7, Lacombe and Bowden on July 27 and Red Deer on Aug 23.